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Graduate Criminal Defence Lawyer

Opportunity details

Opportunity Types
Graduate Job
Start Date

Application dates

Applications Open
6 Feb 2020
Applications Close
10 Feb 2020

Minimum requirements

Accepting International Applications
Degrees Accepted
Law, Legal Studies & Justice

Graduate Criminal Defence Lawyer, Auckland Public Defence Service – Fixed term six months


We are looking for a graduate level lawyer who has graduated from University and is presently completing professional studies. Those who have been admitted as a lawyer but yet to practice are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be joining our team in the central Auckland office, serving the Auckland District Court.  We are a collegial and professional office with around 40 legal and support staff working in a busy environment with variety and challenge, and you will be joining an experienced and supportive team in the largest and most diverse city in New Zealand. 

This position is fixed term, six months

The Public Defence Service (PDS) is New Zealand's largest criminal law practice, providing high quality legal advice and representation in a full range of criminal cases. Aimed at helping people access justice, the PDS promotes the values of respect, integrity, service and the delivery of excellent service to its clients. 

You will support other lawyers in the office through submissions, legal research and analysis, and observe court appearances to develop your own skills. You will develop into having your own file load and regularly appearing in court as you gain experience.  You will have expert and talented colleagues around who will mentor you and support your development to the next level of your career.  The PDS is well known for its comprehensive professional development programme in criminal litigation and is considered an excellent training ground and full of opportunities for a successful legal career.   

To be successful you must be passionate about criminal justice issues.  You will be developing an ability to build credibility with judges, peers and others in the legal community. As an important member of a close-knit team you will enjoy exchanging ideas and brainstorming - and providing support and light relief when required.  You will have empathy and the ability to relate to a wide range of people.  This is a challenging but truly satisfying job and our lawyers love what they do.  

The PDS is part of the Ministry of Justice and the wider justice sector.  The ministry provides centralised business services, infrastructure and support to the work of the PDS. 

There is always something new to learn which contributes positively to my experience as a Junior Lawyer, this is due to the variety of cases that PDS undertake and the supervision and support that is available to us. PDS is a fantastic training ground for new lawyers. (Sophia)